Silverstein Promoted To Associate Head Coach
June 18, 2014
Justin Silverstein, one of the country's top young coaches who was an integral part of the top-ranked USC women's golf team's 2013 NCAA title and its record-setting 2014 season, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, Trojan Head Coach Andrea Gaston announced Wednesday (June 18).
Silverstein spent his first two years at USC as an assistant coach and bolstered an already strong program under Gaston, helping the Trojans to a combined 16 wins the past two seasons.
In 2013, Troy won a school-record seven times, including six of its final seven events, which featured USC's fifth conference title, its NCAA record ninth regional title and a dominating victory at the NCAA Championships. Annie Park, named the 2013 WGCA and Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Year as well as the Honda Sports Award winner for women's golf, won four times on the year to tie USC's season record and became just the second NCAA woman to win a conference, regional and NCAA titles in the same season. Kim, also a 2013 freshman, and Park both earned WGCA All-American first team honors while Sophia Popov, as a junior, and Doris Chen, as a sophomore, earned second team status.
The 2014 Trojans won nine times to break the 2013 mark, including a national-best 10th NCAA regional crown, and finished no lower than a tie for second in their other four events. USC fell just short of defending its NCAA title, finishing second by two strokes. Chen and Kim earned 2014 WGCA All-American first team honors, Park and freshman Karen Chung were tabbed as All-American second teamers and Popov was named an All-American honorable mention pick. Chen and Park were also two of the four 2014 Honda Sports Award finalists for golf.
"I'm extremely proud of what Justin has accomplished in a short amount of time here," said Gaston, who just completed her 18th season as USC's head coach. "His youth belies his vast knowledge of the game and he has the instincts of a veteran coach. He has been able to build great relationships with our players and has been instrumental in helping to develop the talented golfers in our program."
Silverstein came to USC after four seasons as a coach for the Arizona men's golf team. He was an assistant coach in 2011 and 2012 and a volunteer assistant in 2009 and 2010. He also played for the Wildcats as an undergraduate.